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White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes announced that President Barack Obama determined that by using chemical weapons, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has crossed the red line that endows the situation with certain "urgency" and spurs further action by the United States as a result.
Senator John McCain, a stalwart supporter of arming the Syrian opposition, welcomed the President's decision and thought that sending anti-armor and anti-aircraft would be most relevant with a view to creating a no-fly zone like what had been done in Libya by the NATO-led intervention in 2011, resulting in the ousting and death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
According to DiploNews, President Obama's decision mostly resulted from the idea that US credibility was "on the line", from evidence provided by British and French governments about the use of chemical weapons, and also responded to the growing involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria. "It is inadmissible to advocate holding a Syria conference while taking actions that undermine the very idea of such a conference," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov posted on Twitter on June 13.
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